St. John's Church

Vilnius, Lithuania

One of the most picturesque parts of the Vilnius University is the St. John's Church and its bell tower. The construction of the Gothic style church lasted for almost 40 years and was completed in 1426. In 1571 the church was transferred to the Order of Jesuits and became a part of the university complexes.

Besides masses, the Church of Sts. Johns has also witnessed student protests, theatre performances, and welcoming ceremonies for kings. In Soviet times, it was turned into a warehouse. Later, the University Museum was established there. Today St. John's is again a Roman Catholic church. It was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1993.

The bell tower of the church, which is 68 meters high, is among the highest buildings in the Old Town. The present facade was designed in the 18th century by the most prominent Vilnius Baroque architect, Jonas Kristupas Glaubicas (Johan Christoph Glaubitz).

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Founded: 1386-1426
Category: Religious sites in Lithuania

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Mary Sansome (21 months ago)
Well worth a visit. Go up Tower.
Viktorija Sakalauskaitė (2 years ago)
Beautiful church, simple yet have it's own unique style. If you visiting town and have free time, I suggest you explore this place
Ramunė Vaičiulytė (2 years ago)
This church is masterpiece of architect Jan Krzysztof Glaubitz. I like how shadows play in central facade. And of course, not fear to pay for entrance...
Jeff Clay (2 years ago)
Lovely baroque church with some finely crafted statuary. And the biggest organ in Lithuania from what I understand
S.R.F. F-F (2 years ago)
Beautiful church. Typical Barok style. Worth the visit, especially if you are going to the University terrain anyway.
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